According to the Los Angeles Times, former three division world champion Abner Mares will challenge WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. The contest, as BoxingScene.com previously reported, will be carried by Showtime.
Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) has been out of the ring since June 9, when he he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in a mandatory rematch. Santa Cruz won a twelve round decision in their first meeting.
Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), who is likely going to enter the ring as a huge favorite, has been inactive since blowing out Jesus Cuellar in three rounds in April to capture the vacant World Boxing Association title. Puerto Rico's Alberto Machado is the WBA "regular" champion at the weight.
Mares has won world titles at bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight.
Mares has veteran trainer Robert Garcia in his corner, while Davis is trained by the equally talented Kevin Cunningham.
Davis had been the IBF world champion at 130-pounds after knocking out Jose Pedraza in early 2017, but by the end of the year he lost the title when he was unable to make weight for his second defense of the title. Davis blew away Liam Walsh in one round in his only defense of that title.
The career of Davis stalled out for most of the year, as he waged a public war of words in the direction of his own own promoter, former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather.